litmus0001 - stillorgan road (ca149)
It sounds like walking through the forest at night! Dr. B. Y.
Jonathan Ewald has recorded and performed as litmus0001 since 2001. He gets strange and lovely sounds from instruments you wouldnt expect to sound like that. He uses things like knives and chains and alligator clips and bamboo sticks on bass strings. He does things like put a contact mic on a big tin box that used to contain cheap Thai cookies, and beats the daylights out of it in front of an amp to counterpoint percussion and feedback. He improvises spacey arpeggios and plays with sliders and knobs. He runs it all through a few well chosen effects pedals and liveloops. He is influenced by many musicians, composers, artists and philosophers from diverse traditions and genres.
Jonathan Ewald 6 string bass, 6 string guitar, Roland MC202, effects, liveloops, devices and implements, samples, field recordings, production.
Review from Mathyas Anderson - (litmus0001 - Stillorgan Road)
"Julies carefree spirit took flight in October of 1990 on Stillorgan Road in Dublin Ireland. Only a few know why she jumped off the bridge and out of this mortal tomb. A bit of a sad (if not honoring) title to what is truly a positive and uplifting set of songs by Jonathan Ewald who is litmus0001.
Ewald is an artist. He makes no apologies or explanations for his art. This is a single person in a personal dialog with the tools that bring his aural vision to fruition. And by tools I mean theres not much here; a bass, guitar, a little box called MC202, a few well chosen effects, and recording software. The list of noisemakers is small but the sound created is large and, in its own paradox, unassuming. Listen to Intercontinental and youll hear what I mean; the skittering guitar lines channeling the 4AD sound with something from Durutti Column circa 1984. And as were led through a small tour of the standards of lush, we come out the other side in deep space. Were out there and lost in the circuits of wires, transistors, volume controls and wash of Ewalds effect patchwork. And then the outside world invades. The world of events from a warbling long ago weave into Nocturne Soninke after a heady beginning that cloys the idea of melody and chillums. The tapestry of guitar and lost voice hang on the wall long after the last moment is heard, like a dream almost remembered or a thought left behind. It means something now, even as it fades.
These songs Ewald creates move in, over, and beyond like passing clouds. They contain substance and strength without resorting to the easy-road of noise. Ewald does not take the easy way out. And I for one am glad. Stillorgan Road is minimalist creation. This is music to listen to, a sonic tonic for the head and soul. "
Clinical Archives / 2008
Subject: Leaving Earth
Subject: A favorite ...
Subject: just beautiful
Subject: Dark, Moody Excellence
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